Ohio Sniper Inquiry Focuses on 911 Tape
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A day after announcing that a 911 caller had claimed responsibility for a string of highway shootings, investigators said Saturday that a second man had stepped forward and threatened to attack police officers.
Investigators say they believe the man who called early Saturday morning is different from the man who repeatedly called 911 on Monday to claim responsibility for 20 shootings at cars, school buses and homes on or near a section of Interstate 270 south of the city. One person was killed in November.
"It's gonna get worse," the latest caller is heard saying on a tape released by officials. He then said he would start shooting at the police.
Sheriff's officials said they warned law enforcement officials around the state of the latest caller's threats, and that a task force on the shootings was taking all the calls seriously.
Sheriff's officials issued a press statement and released a tape of the roughly 50-second call on Saturday, but did not immediately respond to requests for more information.
The authorities also are investigating the first caller, who made four 911 calls on Monday totaling about a minute and said, "I'm the highway shooter."
The man said he fired at a car that day but did not specifically claim responsibility for any of the shootings. The police had no reports of highway shootings on Monday.
The shootings began in May, but most have occurred since October. The only person hit, Gail Knisley, 62, was fatally wounded Nov. 25 while riding in a car on I-270. The last shooting linked to the case took place Jan. 22, when a car was hit on Interstate 71, which intersects I-270.
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